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Massey Cancer Center invites the VCU community to an hour of hope and inspiration in North Hospital, Linen-Powell Patient Resource Library. This month, Roberta Zelenko, breast cancer survivor, will talk about her cancer experience, surgeries and the after-effects of cancer treatment. This event is free. For more information, contact Heather Martin at

The Linux User Group of VCU and Engineering Career Services present "Red Hat VS. SELinux" in the School of Engineering East Hall, Room E2219. Attendees will join Red Hat in a hands-on presentation on the basics of SE Linux, the security-enhanced version of Linux. Attendees should bring a laptop. For more information, contact Ryan Murphy at or (757) 401-0184.

Parking and Transportation hosts an open forum for students, faculty and staff on the Monroe Park Campus in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom B. Recent initiatives, improvements and achievements will be discussed. Concerns will also be addressed. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during this event. A forum will be held on the MCV Campus on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Egyptian Building, Baruch Auditorium. For more information, contact Jonsette Calloway at or (804) 828-4482 or visit

Be the Match on Campus at VCU and the School of Medicine Class of 2019 invite the VCU community to a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in the McGlothlin Medical Education Center Lobby. People between the ages of 18 and 44 and in generally good health are eligible to join with a simple cheek swab. You could be the match for someone whose only possible treatment is a bone marrow transplant. For more information, contact Lexi Stouch at

VCU Dining, Chinese Student Association and VCU Globe welcomes the Year of the Monkey with a Chinese New Year celebration at the Shafer Court Dining Center. Those that swipe in between 5-10 p.m. will try a variety of authentic Chinese dishes, including Chinese spare ribs, Dan Dan noodles, miso poached lobster tail and a bubble tea bar. Attendees will enjoy live dance and martial arts performances, learn calligraphy and get more information about VCU's study abroad opportunities in Asia. For more information, contact Christy Rabil at or (804) 828-3615 or visit

Muevelo hosts its "Learn to Dance Salsa" workshop in West Grace Street Student Housing-North. The beginner class will be from 6-7 p.m. and the intermediate class will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. This workshop is free of cost. For more information, contact Chasity Newsome at or (757) 346-0633.

The Humanities Research Center hosts a panel discussion as part of its spring 2016 series, "HIV/AIDS: Local, National, and Global Perspectives," in Cabell Library, Lecture Hall. This panel of activists and community organizers have all been involved over the years in local responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and will talk about their experiences and Richmond's history of addressing the many-layered challenges presented by the virus throughout the community. Free event. All are welcome. For more information, contact Richard Godbeer at or (804) 828-4714 or visit

Arts in Healthcare presents Morris Henderson, D.Min., pastor, Thirty-First Street Baptist Church, as the first guest in its Black History Month Lecture Series in Main Hospital, Learning Center. Henderson will discuss "Participatory Transitioning with African-American Patients." Henderson received his master’s degree from Virginia Union University School of Theology and his doctor of ministry degree from Howard University School of Divinity. For more information, contact P. Muzi Branch at or (804) 828-4706.

This week

The VCU Community Health Education Center hosts a program on the health benefits of exercise at the center, VCU Medical Center, Gateway Building, Ground Floor. Carrie Baines, assistant director of fitness/wellness, Recreational Sports, will lead participants through some light exercises that can be done at a desk. Registration is required. To register, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Sarah Amick at or (804) 828-2432 or visit

Teach for Change. Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) holds information sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Oliver Hall, Room 3085, and on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 2-3 p.m. in Hibbs Hall, Room 330. Attendees will explore how to be a part of this VCU graduate school program. Non-education majors are encouraged to learn more. For more information, contact Ann Cherry at or (804) 827-0102 or visit

Faculty members from the Focused Inquiry Program discuss how "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" crosses between disciplines, majors and genres in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 4100. Ph.D.s from the fields of sociology, ethnomusicology, American studies, feminist narrative theory, rhetoric and composition, comparative literature, education and English literature will discuss how their discipline might read like a text like "Wonder Woman." For more information, contact Thaddeus Fortney at or visit

The Department of Special Education and Disability Policy presents the M.Ed Special Education Seminar featuring special guest Ronnie Sidney, School of Social Work alumnus and author of "Nelson Beats the Odds," in Harris Hall, Room 101. "Nelson Beats the Odds" is a semi-autobiographical story about a special education student who overcomes a learning disability and graduates from college, delivers his message about struggle and those who supported his journey to overcome his challenges. For more information, contact Peter Temple at or (804) 828-1332 or visit

VCU hosts a Roundtable Discussion on "Current Issues in Transplantation" featuring Velma Scantlebury, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate director, Kidney Transplant Program, Christiana Care Health System; Gaurav Gupta, M.D., program director, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship; and David Klassen, M.D., chief medical officer, United Network for Organ Sharing, in the Molecular Medicine Research Building, Room 1013. For more information, contact Logan Vetrovec at

The Black Education Association (BEA) hosts Velma Scantlebury, M.D., F.A.C.S., associate director, Kidney Transplant Program, Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, for a public lecture in the Commons Theater. Scantlebury became the nation’s first African-American female transplant surgeon in 1989. Reception immediately following. For more information, contact The Black Education Association at or visit

The Well and COBE present "The Genetics of Addiction" with Danielle Dick, Ph.D., director, COBE, at Northstar Community, 563 Southlake Blvd. This collaborative effort by local providers and VCU offers quality education and support to families of people struggling with substance use disorders. The group meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Northstar Community. For more information, contact Thomas Bannard at or (804) 366-8027.

The Division of Community Engagement sponsors the Community Engagement Cafe, a discussion group that brings together faculty, staff and students to explore topics related to community-engaged teaching, learning, outreach and research, in West Grace Street Student Housing-South, Room 1004H. Participants can drop in for any of the sessions to discuss the highlighted article or video for the month. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Audrey Trussell at or visit

VCU holds its first RamTHON, a dance marathon to raise $1,000 in 24 hours for Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, in the University Student Commons. All proceeds will be donated to CHoR. To register as a dancer or donate, visit the website below. For more information, contact Sanica Bendre at or (703) 909-9831 or visit

The Department of Biostatistics holds a research seminar featuring Linda Corey, Ph.D., discussing "Twin Studies: A Tool in the Search for the Determinants of Complex Disease" in One Capitol Square, Room 305. For more information, contact Yvonne Hargrove at or (804) 828-9825.

Coming up

Career Services presents "Everywhere I Go. I See It.," part one of a three-part series on reducing human trafficking, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Kim Williamson, Morse Investigations, will discuss the issue of human trafficking and what she sees in the Richmond metro community. For more information, contact Brian Nicholas at or (804) 828-1645 or visit

The Positive Psychology Research Group in the Department of Psychology presents "Studying Virtue or Character Strength in Positive Psychology" in the basement of White House, 806 W. Franklin St. The speaker will be Everett Worthington, Ph.D., commonwealth professor of psychology at VCU. For more information, contact Jen Elswick at or visit

The Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care presents "Appreciative Practice: Building on Your Strengths to Boost Performances" in the Larrick Student Center, Ballrooms A-B. Appreciative practices are tools and techniques that focus on identifying personal, team, and organizational strengths and emphasize these strengths to enhance performance. In contrast to typical performance improvement efforts that focus on problems, appreciative practices focus on successes as areas for further growth. In this session, leaders from the University of Virginia will describe appreciative practice and how they have applied it to clinical and academic work at their institution. Register by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Melissa Burton at or (804) 828-2898 or visit

The Department of Health Administration hosts an information seminar for the Master of Science in Health Administration program in Grant House. Attendees will learn about the Master of Science in Health Administration program and have a chance to meet with the program director, current students and alumni. R.S.V.P. to the contact information below. For more information, contact Chuky Spivey at or (804) 828-7799 or visit


'Share Your Passion and Teach Through Discovery'

The Mary and Frances Youth Center’s Discovery program accepts class proposals for summer 2016. Discovery will be offering week-long career exploration classes focused on STEM, arts and health sciences for middle school youth from Aug. 1-26. Faculty, staff and students are invited to become class instructors and internship opportunities are also available for students pursuing a career in education. For more information, contact Shekinah Mitchell at or (804) 828-2841 or visit

BB Lot Closed Feb. 8-9

The BB Lot will be closed to parking on Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9, while crews work to pave and resurface this facility. Hourly parking can be purchased at the HH Lot, West Broad Street Deck, West Main Street Deck, West Cary Street Deck or JL Lot during these dates. For more information, contact Jonsette Calloway at or (804) 828-7275 or visit

New Learning and Development Opportunities Site

VCU's Learning and Development Council developed a new searchable site to help faculty, staff and affiliates search for learning and development opportunities (L&D) at VCU. To acccess the site, visit The site is designed to help find and access required and optional training from one central location. Feedback is welcome and should be emailed to the contact below or shared with your local L&D council representative. For more information, contact Penny McFarline at or visit

Call for Applications

The American Cancer Society has awarded an Institutional Research Grant to VCU Massey Cancer Center. Grant applications are now being invited from junior faculty for the award of small research grants of up to $30,000 for one year to perform basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies, including but not limited to health services, psychosocial/behavioral, epidemiologic and health policy/outcome cancer research. These grants are intended for new investigators (within six years of first independent academic appointment) who do not have an active, nationally competitive research grant (e.g. from NIH, NSF, ACS). The deadline for submission is Monday, April 4. For more information, contact Leigh Sprague at or (804) 628-3420 or visit

Call for Presenters: Diversity Scholars in Research Week

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsors the second annual Diversity Scholars in Research Week from Feb. 22-25. If interested in participating in the Student Poster Exhibition, where students display posters of their original research, fill out the application by visiting the website below. Researchers from diverse backgrounds or who have research topics in diverse topical areas are encouraged to present. The Poster Exhibition will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Yolanda Avent at or (804) 828-6672 or visit

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